At Council, we have a strong commitment to support the ongoing development of coaches, sports volunteers and sports club administrators throughout the Borough. We have compiled this programme to provide opportunities to further develop knowledge and skills, relevant to these roles, in enjoyable and engaging environments.
The programme offers a mixture of minimum operating standards which are a requirement for Sport NI’s Clubmark NI quality accreditation programme, a Club Leaders NI workshop to support clubs in the day to day running of the club and coachwork style sessions which are practical in nature, relating to optimal performance.
Safeguarding Children & Young People
This workshop aims to raise awareness of Child Protection issues in sport and introduces participants to the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport. This workshop is important for all adults involved in children’s sport, but is particularly recommended for Coaches, Leaders, Administrators and Officials.
Disability Inclusion Training
This 6 hour workshop has been designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and understanding they need to make their particular programmes, facilities and activities more inclusive of people with disabilities. Through a range of interactive exercises participants are made aware of the main barriers to participation, and are provided with practical advice and guidance to develop their ability to adapt games and activities to include all ability groups.
Participants will be introduced to a variety of warm-up games, activities and disability sports while given the knowledge of how to make these inclusive for all ability groups.
On completion of the course all participants will receive, a Disability Sport NI Certificate of Attendance and a resource pack containing colourful activity cards.
Emergency First Aid for Sport
This 6 hour workshop will cover elements of First Aid applicable to anyone who is responsible for coaching/supervising a team or individuals. A 3 year certificate of competency will be issued following successful assessment. Attendance at both sessions is compulsory.
This workshop is aimed primarily at Designated Safeguarding Children’s Officer’s within sports clubs. The training provides them with further understanding to assist in their role of safeguarding children in sport. Attendees must have attended ‘Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport’ prior to attending this workshop and must be over 18 years of age.
Coaching Children and Young People
This workshop will help coaches develop creative methods of delivering development stage appropriate coaching session to children that incorporates the ‘C’ system of coaching; physiological development principles; cognitive development principles; positive behaviour management; games-based learning; and the Youth Physical Development Model.
Delivering Engaging sessions for Adults
This workshop considers how coaches can increase the chances of growing and sustaining participation in new participants, beyond the first few sessions. This will include investigating the needs of new participants and how to build their self-confidence. Ultimately, how people feel about those first few sessions will ensure they keep coming back again and again.
Action Mental Health & Wellbeing for people involved in Sport.
Sport Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Public Health Agency, has engaged with Action Mental Health to offer a 90 minute interactive session that supports the mental health and emotional wellbeing of those involved within Sport Clubs and the wider sporting community. The content of this course explores attitudes, challenging stigma and misconceptions, Mental ill health, Pressure vs Stress, Identifying positive coping strategies, Identifying support networks and signposting people to sources of support.
How to book
Promoted by Sport NI, Clubmark NI aims to identify, develop, accredit and recognise high quality sports clubs and the contribution that they make to the development of sport in Northern Ireland. To gain accreditation clubs are required to evidence compliance with the core Clubmark NI criteria and sport specific criteria.
An accredited club is recognised as a safe, regarding and quality environment for participants of all ages to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives. In order to assist with accreditation we have organised the following courses which are part of the criteria. Please however check with your Governing Body if these meet their requirements:
• Emergency First Aid for Sport
• Safeguarding Children and Young People
• Designated Officer (2 per Club must be certified)
• Disability Awareness Training
Places will be allocated on a first come first taken basis, however priority will be given to Coaches and Clubs from within the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area. In the first instance there will be a limit to the number of places a Club can book.
If you require additional places, please contact Laura O’Hagan (Sports Development Assistant) on 028 4066 0637 or email
All courses have a minimum number and therefore courses are subject to cancellation should these not be met.